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On the 18th of March,  Kairos Futura, an artist-led organisation, will launch the  Nairobi Space Station, an initiative that aims to bring creative, sustainable solutions to the city of Nairobi.

Courtesy of the Nairobi Space Station.

Led by Kairos Futura Directors  Abdul Rop,  Lincoln Mwangi and  Ajax Axe, the team of artists, designers, and scientists is dedicated to imagining, prototyping, and implementing exciting, new visions for the future of Nairobi, with a particular focus on ecological issues and rewilding inner-city areas.

“The Nairobi Space Station is not about escaping to another planet, but about creating a more sustainable and liveable city for our community,” said  Abdul Rop, co-commander of the Nairobi team. “We’re committed to working with local organisations and activists to develop and implement creative, practical solutions that improve the environment, promote biodiversity, and enhance the quality of life for everyone here and particularly people in informal settlements.”

 The team, which is comprised of 10 working members and over 100 volunteer members, is working with community leaders who want to use creativity as a catalyst for change. Community partners such as the Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary,  which is Nairobi’s largest urban forest, Mathare Green Movement , Wajukuu Arts , Looks Like Avido , and Nairobi Design Week  are working with members of Kairos Futura to help achieve the maximum impact in areas where artists are planning initiatives and workshops.

 “We are thrilled to be partnering with organisations that share our vision of a greener and more liveable city,” say Ajax Axe , director of Kairos Futura.

 Some of the projects the team is working on include creating guerrilla green spaces in informal settlements, exploring innovative solutions for improving water quality, creating a “flying matatu, indigenous tree seed bank,” and offering experiential learning opportunities around imagining the future of Nairobi. The team is also exploring ways to rewild inner city areas to promote biodiversity and improve the health of local ecosystems particularly along the rivers in Mukuru Kwa Njenga, Mathare, Kibera and Korogocho.

“The Nairobi Space Station is about creating a future where we live in harmony with nature, instead of against it,” says Lincoln Mwangi , the other co-commander for the team.

The Nairobi Space Station will be running from the 18th of March until the 1st of June, 2023, with events throughout the city. For more information, please visit The Future Is On Earth.

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